'Glee' Book Series Set To Hit Shelves In August

The first of the Fox-authorized publications will be a prequel to the TV series titled 'Glee: The Beginning.'

"Glee" may have wrapped up its first season, but Gleeks jonesing for more Slushie-drenched drama will soon be able to hit the books and bone up on all the musical theater madness — literally. Entertainment Weekly reports that publisher Little, Brown Books for Young Readers will publish a collection of tomes based on the hit TV series.

Unauthorized books based on the breakout show are already on the market, but the Fox TV team behind "Glee" will work with Little, Brown on the content for the upcoming volumes.

The first book in the series, "Glee: The Beginning," a prequel to the TV show, is set to land on bookshelves in August. The volume will arrive with a poster and is expected to be available by the time "Glee" heads back to the airwaves for its second season.

Books aren't the only "Glee"-inspired merchandise headed down the pike to fans. The Los Angeles Times reports that a "Glee" clothing line will hit Macy's department stores just in time for back-to-school shopping. In addition, New Directions wannabes will also be able to pick up "Glee" accessories at teen trinket haven Claire's by the fall.

Even with the monster buzz the show has generated in its high-octane first season, Fox executives said they wanted to take their time rolling out product for the show's cultish fans. "We didn't want to just slap a 'Glee' logo on a shirt," executive vice president of Fox Licensing Robert Marick told the Times. "The product has to reflect the creativity of the show."

Fans have already proved their buying power when it comes to "Glee" offerings with the show's insanely popular soundtracks. Chock-full of earnest revamps of classic and contemporary hits, the albums have ruled the charts, with "Glee": The Music, Volume 3 Showstoppers and "Glee": The Music, The Power of Madonna both landing at #1 on the Billboard albums chart.